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‘Up To No Good’: Gen. McCaffrey Warns Against Trump’s New Pentagon Chief

Reprinted with permission from Alternet

Four star Army General Barry McCaffrey (Ret.) is sounding the alarm on reports acting Secretary of Defense Chris Miller has banned Pentagon brass from holding meetingswith Biden transition team officials, leaving career military staff "stunned."

"Pentagon abruptly halts Biden transition—- MAKES NO SENSE. CLAIM THEY ARE OVERWHELMED. DOD GOES OPAQUE. TRUMP-MILLER UP TO NO GOOD. DANGER. —-" tweeted McCaffrey, who is a well-known and highly-respected NBC News and MSNBC military analyst.

Reports from Axios and Business Insider both say Pentagon officials are feeling "overwhelmed" by the number of meetings they've attended with Biden staff, and Miller has decided to order a two-week break for the holidays.

An official who spoke with Business Insider attempted to soften the ban, "explaining that the Pentagon and the Biden transition team agreed to a break and that the transition meetings are being rescheduled for after the holidays."

That report adds "other transition activities, such as answering requests for information and providing written materials, continue uninterrupted, the official explained."

Gen. Barry McCaffrey On Shakeup At The Pentagon: 'Mark Me Down As Alarmed' | Deadline | MSNBC

Today's news is all the more concerning given that the only item on Trump's official schedule today is a meeting with acting Defense Secretary Miller.

Four-Star General Blasts Trump Over Threat To ‘Wipe Out’ Afghanistan

Retired four-star Gen. Barry McCaffrey slammed Trump on Monday for casually claiming he has a “plan” to end the war in Afghanistan that involved killing “millions” of people.

Trump discussed the bloody scenarios as he met with Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan at the White House.

“We could do a number the likes of which they’ve never seen before and win it very quickly,” Trump said. “I don’t want to do that because you’re talking about millions of people, and I don’t want to do that.”

Trump then claimed he could end the war in Afghanistan in “10 days,” and even claimed to have a plan for it.

“I have plans on Afghanistan that, if I wanted to win that war, Afghanistan would be wiped off the face of the earth,” he said. “It would be over literally in 10 days. I don’t want to go that route.”

He added that he had “not chosen that” supposed plan because “it wouldn’t be fair, in terms of humanity.”

“Troubling listening to Trump Oval Office news conference with Pakistani PM,” McCaffrey responded. “He baldly states that we have analyzed and considered using nuclear weapons to kill millions of people in Afghanistan as a solution to the conflict. WHAT IS TRUMP THINKING?”

McCaffrey served over 30 years in the military and has been awarded three Purple Hearts, two Silver Stars, and two Distinguished Service Crosses.

He has repeatedly criticized Trump for poor decision-making on national security issues.

Last year, McCaffrey said Trump was a “serious threat to US national security” after he refused to stand up to Russia’s repeated aggression toward the United States.

As Trump lashed out as news of his corruption spread, McCaffrey said Trump was “starting to wobble in his emotional stability,” adding, “Trump’s judgment is fundamentally flawed.”

Trump’s decision to declare a phony “national emergency” at the border to push his border wall led McCaffrey in February to call him a “rogue president.”

The Pentagon has not confirmed that any such plan to nuke Afghanistan “off the face of the earth” exists or has been suggested to Trump.

Published with permission of The American Independent.